Every year around this time the networks come out with their list of pilots being developed for their fall schedule. Some of them sound like sure-fire winners, some are so-so, and some will never see the light of day. The one that I just read about will be lucky if it even gets mentioned again after today, especially in the climate of increased scrutiny from the government and consumer watch groups. NBC has unveiled a pilot called "The Book of Daniel" which, according to the network, features Jesus as a "contemporary, cool" figure who appears as a personal confidant to an Episcopal minister named Daniel Webster who, by the way, is addicted to prescription pills. (Imagine if he was Catholic? Why not bring molestation into the plotline, too?) An NBC executive says the show is "slightly provocative." No kidding! How quickly do you think the Reverend Donald Wildmon, Jerry Falwell, and Pat Robertson will be launching boycotts of NBC's advertisers and initiating letter-writing campaigns? NBC has got to be joking with this one.
- New touchscreen UI is slickSmaller and lighter than ever beforeSound quality was very good
- Still a bit priceySmall size makes it easy to loseLack of video playback could bother some